The BVNA fringe is the place for tackling the issues of the day. They may be edgy,  controversial, challenging or all three. Come along listen and have your say! 


Friday 11 October 2019

Veterinary Defence Society

Location: Beckbury Suite

Time: 12:00-14:00

It shouldn't happen to a Vet or a Vet Nurse...but we know it does!

At this interactive session, nurses will be introduced to the VDS' VetSafe tool.  You will have the opportunity to discuss issues such as professional blame culture, second victim syndrome and the use of root cause analysis to analyse significant events in practice.  Lunch will be provided.

You will also be invited to talk about your experiences and opinions on:

  • The challenges faced by Registered Veterinary Nurses
  • How important you feel the role of VDS is in practice life 
  • How VDS could develop what they do for Registered Veterinary Nurses

The results of the group will be used to help inform our understanding of the profession at all levels and increase our ability to support our members.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 

Access: Registration required (by 27th September 2019)

VN Task Force 

Location: Beckbury Suite

Time: 14:30-15:30

What could veterinary nursing be? This is an open session, with an introduction from the panel and then a chance for delegates to ask questions from the floor. More details will follow shortly.

Access: All delegates welcome

RCVS Practice Standards Scheme Awards

Location: Beckbury Suite

Time: 16:00-18:00

A celebratory event where the RCVS President formally presents PSS Award to practices who have achieved them over the last few months.  There are talks from practices who have achieved, sharing their experiences.  Drinks and nibbles will be served.

Access: All delegates welcome

 


Saturday 12 October 2019

Veterinary Christian Fellowship

Location: Beckbury Suite

Time: 08:00-09:30

Partly an informal meeting, to give delegates who are VCF members the chance to meet together and also very much focused on giving the opportunity for anyone who is interested to come along and find out what VCF is all about and to be able to ask questions in a relaxed and informal setting.  Tea, coffee and Danish pastries will be provided.

Access: All delegates welcome 

BVNA Regional Representatives Meet and Greet 

Location: Beckbury Suite

Time: 10:00-11:30

We want our members to feel part of the BVNA family, come and have a drink and nibbles with your local Regional Representative.  It's a great opportunity to meet and chat to other members and fellow professionals, discuss the RR role and find out more about becoming a RR, BVNA Membership and it's benefits and share your ideas on CPD, social events and what you want from BVNA and our RR's.

Access: All delegates welcome (Members and Non-Members)

VN Futures - what does it mean to you?

Location: Beckbury Suite

Time: 10:00-11:00

The VN Futures Project has been running over the past two years, and activity has reignited since a new project manager was appointed in January. The initiative aims to address many of the key challenges we face in the VN profession, and also exploit opportunities which could benefit all in the veterinary profession.

This one-hour session will provide an update from the three key, active working group Chairs, offering an overview of the work that is planned over the next few months, with an opportunity for questions and discussion following the updates.

VN Futures is always seeking veterinary nurses who are passionate about the future of our profession to help drive the project forward, and you can find out how you can get involved at this session.

The three key topics will be:

  • Maximising the value of veterinary nurses - helping nurses to be utilised to their ability, and understanding of their value to practice, and to practice business.  Career Progression Group Chair, Renay Rickard
  • The VN Futures School Ambassador Pilot – setting up the pilot, what we hope to achieve, and our future vision for School Ambassadors in Veterinary Nursing. The Sustainable Workforce Chair, Stuart Ford-Fennnah
  • Veterinary Nurses and One Health – focussing on researching the Community Nurse role, and the VN role in smoking cessation. The One Health Group Chair – Becky Jones

Access: All delegates welcome (Members and Non-Members)

Schedule 3 and the relevance to outpatient care and nurse consultations

Location: Beckbury Suite

Time: 12:00-13:30

Following a presentation, there will be a discussion to explore how Schedule 3 relates to decision making and procedures when veterinary nurses are working with patients during nurse consultations or clinics.

Particular attention will be paid to exploring what 'under direction of a Veterinary Surgeon' means and how this might vary on whether vets and nurses are working in permanent employment compared to locuming.

Colourful CPD's Stephanie Writer-Davies, BVSc, MRCVS (SPVS Past President and VN Liaison and member of VN Futures working groups) will suggest ways that Schedule 3 can be used to allow veterinary nurses to have a wider role in out-patient care in practices for the benefit of patients, clients, business and nurses. The presentation will provide some clarity whilst also stimulating further debate.

Additionally the launch of two new accredited certificates for veterinary nurses will be highlighted.

Access: All delegates welcome 

The elephant in the consult room - we are failing obese pets

Location: Beckbury Suite

Time: 14:00-15:30

The veterinary profession has identified obesity as one of the biggest health and welfare concerns facing our pets. The most recent report by the Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PFMA) has found 51% of dogs, 44% of cats and 29% of UK small animals are overweight or obese. However, recent studies have also found that small animal veterinary professionals are struggling to acknowledge or discuss pet obesity with clients; we are therefore failing to confront this epidemic.

This session, organised and chaired by the Animal Welfare Foundation, will explore two approaches to understanding pet obesity and with active audience participation explore the ways, as a profession, we should be tackling the issue in our practices. The aim of this session is not only to challenge your own thoughts and opinions through insightful discussion, but to kickstart a much-needed professional conversation. Together we will endeavour to formulate potential actions we can employ in practice, including how to have supportive and non-stigmatising conversations with clients.

Access: All delegates welcome

How do I tell an owner their dog is suffering chronic OA pain? 

Location: Beckbury Suite

Time: 16:00-17:30

Presented by: Nicola Ackerman

5 practical ways to open that tricky conversation that makes your life easier.  A recent study showed that 92% of vets believe OA to be the biggest cause of chronic pain in dogs, but owners struggle to see the signs and realise it is causing pain.  The aim is to give you the skills to discuss this major welfare issue with confidence.  Free consulting nurse support materials will be available for all participants.

Access: All delegates welcome 


Sunday 13 October 2019

5m Publishing | Book Launch

Location: Beckbury Suite

Time: 10:00-11:30

Jane Davidson RVN will be hosting a pop-up session on how to learn better, including OSCE success and total recall with tips from her new book Research and Study Skills for Veterinary Nurses.

Access: All delegates welcome


Please watch this space as more event news to follow!